Eugene A Sorenson

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
22 July 1948 - 16 February 1968
Los Angeles, California
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Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Eugene A Sorenson

15 May 2007

No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now. This was a war that asked everything of a few and nothing of most in America. The lives of those few who fought so diligently for freedom will never be forgotten. Eugene is one of many young men whose lifes were taken before their time. Although only 20 years young, he did more for our country than most men do in a lifetime. Eugene A Sorenson's memory will live on, being passed on from generation to generation, making him immortal.

From a friend's son,
Jason Spillman
E-mail address is not available.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Much has been written about the battle for Hue City during the 1968 Tet Offensive, but little about the equally vicious fighting around Quang Tri City. The NVA/VC commanders saw Quang Tri as a major objective - if the city could be captured and held, the effects on US and ARVN forces in northern and western Quang Tri Province would be devastating. Fortunately for the allied forces, the presence of large enemy formations in the approaches to the city was noticed before the NVA/VC were in position to attack - and those formations were largely scattered by ARVN and USMC units. The allied success had a drawback, though: it left a large number of fragmented but hardly helpless NVA/VC units in the area around Quang Tri City. Elements of the 101st Airborne and 1st Cavalry Divisions were brought in to help locate and destroy the residual enemy forces.

In mid-February the 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division was conducting sweeps to the east and south of Quang Tri City. On 16 Feb B Company, 1/8 Cav engaged and destroyed a reinforced VC platoon in the sand dunes along the South China Sea about 13 kilometers northeast of Quang Tri City. The engagement resulted in 5 US dead - one gunship pilot and four infantrymen:

  • A Btry, 2nd Bn (ARA), 20th Artillery
    • WO Charles A. Alvarez, Santee, CA

  • B Co, 1st Bn, 8th Cavalry
    • SSG Thomas H. Morris, Stockbridge, GA
    • CPL Wayne T. Severino, Taunton, MA
    • SP4 Eugene A. Sorenson, Los Angeles, CA
    • PFC Anthony L. Capozzi, South Ozone Park, NY

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 15 May 2007
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